Everything you wanted to know about President Obama's current viewpoint on health care reform can be found in this Politico roundup. He doesn't care if it covers Americans, or is deficit-neutral, or wrecks the economy, or marches the sick over a cliff. He just wants it done before the State of the Union address so he can laud this "historic" and "landmark" legislation that we mere mortals are not allowed to see crafted, lest our eyes scar over!
President Obama met with House Speaker Pelosi, House Majority Leader Hoyer, Senate Majority Leader Reid and Sen. Durbin last night and told them that he wants a final bill that includes a tax on Cadillac insurance plans and an independent Medicare commission.Unless it will delay the negotiations, then under the bus it goes.
And he forcefully communicated his desire to pass reform in time for his State of the Union address, according to a Democratic insider familiar with the conversation.Quel surprise.
Obama also responded to Pelosi’s strong, repeated pitches for the public option by making it clear that, while he supports the proposal, he doesn’t think it is doable.Can't waste a moment.
Reid, who along with Durbin participated by phone, time and again steered the rather substantive policy discussions back to one central question – will it get 60 votes?Because otherwise, we might have to push off the mad dash to screw up one-sixth of the U.S. economy.
It's now blindingly obvious that Obama will sign anything with the words "health care" on it. It's called "leadership" in case you didn't know. Suck on that, FDR!
Extra - Candidate Obama pledges that health care debate will be on C-Span and "streaming on the web."